September 2014 Archives

Registration for the second annual Yale Day of Data conference is now open. The conference will be held on Friday, September 26 on the Yale University campus. This day-long event will focus on data science and partnerships across industry, academia, and government initiatives. To register, please click here If you missed registration, the event will be live streamed via Yale's YouTube channel. Go directly to the stream here Featured keynote speakers include: Ben Polak, Provost, Yale University Philip Bourne, Associate Director for Data Science, National Institutes of Health Cathy O’Neil, Director of the Lede Program in Data Practices, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism The day will also include presentations by eight Yale faculty and researchers on issues specific to research data management, preservation, and sharing, and a poster session highlighting additional data-related work and initiatives by Yale students and researchers. Priority for registration is given to students, faculty, staff, and other Yale affiliates. The 2014 Day of Data is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Yale University Library, Yale Information Technology Services, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Yale Institute for Network Science.

Post on September 2, 2014 - 6:50pm |

The Yale community is invited to join us for a special open house on Thursday September 18th, 3-5pm, to celebrate the reopening of the restored nave of Sterling Memorial Library. This marks the completion of a major, yearlong restoration project that has returned the nave to its original splendor and brought about improvements that will better serve the needs of library users in the twenty-first century. Staff will be on hand to give informal tours and refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

Post on September 12, 2014 - 2:29pm |

Tuesday, October 7th, 4:00 pm
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

The Yale Library is delighted to offer a lecture and reception featuring Professor Carl Haber, Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. The event is sponsored by the Richard Warren Jr. (B.A. 1959) Fund for the Preservation and Promotion of Music.

Sound was first recorded and reproduced by Thomas Edison in 1877. Until about 1950, when magnetic tape use became common, most recordings were made on mechanical media such as wax, foil, shellac, lacquer, and plastic. Some of these older recordings contain material of great historical interest, sometimes in obsolete formats, and are damaged, decaying, or are now considered too delicate to play.

Unlike print and latent imagescanning, the playback of mechanical sound carriers has been an inherently invasive process. Recently, a series of techniques, based upon non-contact optical metrology and image processing, have been applied to create and analyze high resolution digital surface profiles of these materials. Numerical methods may be used to emulate the stylus motion through such a profile in order to reconstruct the recorded sound. This approach, and current results, including studies of some of the earliest known sound recordings, are the focus of this talk and will be illustrated with sounds and images.

Carl Haber is an experimental physicist who received his Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University and is a Senior Scientist in the Physics Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His career has focused on the development of instrumentation and methods for detecting and measuring particles created at high energy colliders, including Fermilab in the United States and at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland. Since 2002 he, and his colleagues, have also been involved in aspects of preservation science, applying methods of precision optical metrology and data analysis to early recorded sound restoration. He is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

All are welcome to the lecture.

Post on September 22, 2014 - 11:54am |

Wednesday, September 24, 12:00 pm Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT Join us for a tour of 3 fascinating and diverse Medical Library exhibits – "The Body as a Machine", "Vesalius at 500", and "Dangers of Underage Drinking and other Historical Posters." The tour will be led by Melissa Grafe, Librarian for Medical History, and Susan Wheeler, Curator at the Medical Library. As part of the tour, the cases will be opened to view the objects. Please meet at the circulation desk. You may RSVP to or at 203 785-4354.

Post on September 22, 2014 - 12:37pm |

Tuesday, October 7, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall How are academic research libraries changing in the wake of widespread digitization, and where does this leave nineteenth-century books? Out of copyright, non-rare, and often fragile due to poor paper quality, these books are both richly served and particularly imperiled in the new media ecosystem; as scenes of evidence, they are at once exposed and occluded by the digitization of our library collections. In this talk, Andrew Stauffer, associate professor of English at the University of Virginia, focuses primarily on personal marginalia in copies of books in the circulating collections, demonstrating the importance of individual copies to our understanding of nineteenth-century books and their readers. A massive horizon of opportunity is now opening for humanists to trace the history of language, of ideas, of books, and of reading via automated searches and visualizations of the global digital library. Yet individual copies are under a general downward pressure in this new dispensation. Digitized archives will reveal wonders. Now, in concert with the digital transformation of the archive, we must also give sustained attention to the material record of nineteenth century reading before it disappears from our academic research libraries for good. All are welcome to this SCOPA Forum.

Post on September 26, 2014 - 12:09pm |

September 26, 2014

September 29, 2014 – February 20, 2015 Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library The Arts of the Book Collection, part of the Special Collections of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, strives to document the many trends in the wide-ranging field of book arts. One such trend comprises artists who challenge the traditional codex format with unexpected sculptural renderings. Yet, these works often preserve other conventions of the book, such as narrative and reader interaction. Sculptural book objects allow readers to appreciate the book for its physical format as well as its content. Such an experience informs future interactions with codex and non-codex formats alike. This exhibition is a companion to the student-curated exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery: Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection, on view from November 7, 2014–February 1, 2015. Additionally, Beyond the Codex is a companion to exhibit Connecticut (un) Bound at the local non-profit gallery Artspace, also on view starting November 7, 2014 and running through January 2015. The Haas Family Arts Library actively supports the research of the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) in addition to arts-area research by members of the Yale, national, and international communities. Beyond the Codex features works in the Arts Library’s collection by artists selected for inclusion in Odd Volumes and Connecticut (un) Bound as well as artists not represented at YUAG, thus highlighting the complementary nature of the Arts of the Book Collection and the Art Gallery’s Allan Chasanoff Collection. This exhibition is free and open to the public in the William H. Wright Exhibit Area of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. Enter through the Loria Center at 190 York Street. Public hours are 8:30am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. The Yale community can access the exhibition anytime the Haas Family Arts Library is open. Contact Jae Rossman, Assistant Director for Special Collections at the Arts Library, for more information: or 203-432-4439

Post on September 26, 2014 - 12:46pm |

The Yale University Library is delighted to announce its participation in the launch of Borrow Direct Plus – an expansion of the current Borrow Direct service. This will include on-site borrowing privileges starting October 1, 2014 for all students, faculty and staff from Borrow Direct institutions, plus Duke University (currently not a member of Borrow Direct). The new service will allow the Yale community to register for borrowing privileges at no cost from the following participating institutions: Brown University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University. Yale users who have been verified with Yale library accounts in good standing will have access to circulating materials at any of the participating libraries. When visiting one of these libraries, members of the Yale community will need to show their Yale ID and log in to their Borrow Direct account; upon verification, users will be issued a library card. The available collections will vary from one institution to another and their respective lending policies and loan periods will apply to guest borrowers. These can be viewed ahead of time at Borrowed items may be returned to either the lending library or the user’s home library. Borrow Direct is a rapid book request and delivery system used by the participating institutions, to ensure the loan of materials within a four-day turnaround. For more information or questions about the service, please contact, Director of Access Services.

Post on September 30, 2014 - 2:23pm |